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Brutal covering hit from New Zealand schoolboys rugby game

That is a fine display from both players: the tackler for obvious reasons, and the ball-carrier to make the off-load despite the missile in white hurtling towards him!

Full marks to both for commitment!

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour after allegedly swearing at Wayne Barnes

Why would Youngs cheat in a scrum where his team had the put in, attacking options on both sides, and had clearly won and secured the ball?

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour after allegedly swearing at Wayne Barnes

Of course he was emotional...he'd just been called into disrepute. As a referee, your integrity is pretty key: you make a living from being an unbiased judge of fact and law. To have a player accuse you of cheating is a pretty direct blow to the core of what you do.

Regardless of where Hartley was directing his venom, if the referee feels that he or she has been verbally abused in a way that is not tolerable, then the referee is well justified in taking the appropriate action.

Think of it this way: if you were at work and a colleague started slagging you off, that would be a gross breach of workplace etiquette and probably punishable under the HR code of conduct, would it not? This isn't all that different.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour after allegedly swearing at Wayne Barnes

Of course, it wasn't normal conditions. The clock ran out after the conclusion of the previous passage of play. That means that play must restart and end again to complete the first half. This prevents teams from deliberately taking a long time to restart in order to protect a lead.

So, the ball must come in to play before the half can end. The ball went directly into touch, therefore it was never in play. In the case of a penalty or free kick, the game is still "live", so there is no need for the ball to come back into play. For kick-offs and 22m restarts, the ball is not live until it is played from the restart, so kicking it directly out is considered an error in the execution of the restart and the option must be played.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Prop Coenie Oosthuizen's knockout run and two tries vs the Hurricanes

Yeesh, what a unit! Seems like a decent fellow, too.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Ben John scores a bizarre Ospreys try

I can forgive the referee on this one...I get the feeling he was unsure about the validity of the whole thing but didn't know the exact law against it.

What I cannot do is forgive the TJ...the referee asked him not once but twice if the line-out was OK. The TJ said yes both times! He's got a very small percentage of the laws to be on top of, and that's one of them. Shocking.

I also agree that the TMO fluffed up. Clearly in touch when he caught the ball.

I propose the following to rectify the situation: the Heineken Cup should hire KJW as the referee, Cheyanqui as the touch judge, and Alasdairduncan3 for TMO!

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Bakkies Botha injures Marcos Ayerza with big charge towards tryline

I agree with your first point, but I believe you are mistaken on the second. Botha is not held in the first tackle but he never regains his feet and instead crawls towards the line before two opponents jump on him. The law is pretty clear that if you are not on your feet you are not in the game. Botha should have regained his feet or released the ball, therefore the ref made the correct call.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

I've tried it a few times in touch...it's only ever worked once! If it bounced before being regathered, it would simply be play on. Using the heel is only "illegal" when taking penalties and restarts. It's not a knock-on, any more than it would be if it bounced off someone's forehead (à la Kurtley Beale falcon).

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

Anyone else happy to see Yachvili using his feet for something productive?

X-)

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

Makes sense...so if in our hypothetical situation the ball is kicked out of hand by striking it with the heel and it goes forward, it's exactly the same as if it was dropped backwards and bounced forwards. Fascinating stuff, and you're right...the discussion is the best part.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

 
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